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*Energy: Resource and production levels, demand patterns, renewable energy share
 
*Energy: Resource and production levels, demand patterns, renewable energy share
 
*Economics: Sectoral production, consumption, and trade patterns and structural change
 
*Economics: Sectoral production, consumption, and trade patterns and structural change
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Among the philosophical premises of the International Futures (IFs) project is that the model cannot be a "black box" to users and be truly useful. Model users must be able to examine the structures of IFs in order (1) to have confidence in them, and (2) learn from them.[[File:IFsOverviewChart.jpg|frame|center|Overview of the IFs model and sub-modules.]]
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== Dominant relations ==
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Any computer simulation or other model will have some relationships and dynamics that dominate the behavior of the model and that therefore most heavily influence the analyses done with the model. Understanding these dominant relations will facilitate model use, particularly in the definition of key or framing scenarios.
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The value added by more detailed specification of relationships in the model will lie partly in more probing analysis, often around specific policy options. Much of the value added by a more complete model specification will, however, lie in the dynamics of the full model.
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For an introductory summary of dominant relations and dynamics by submodule:
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= IFs Issues and Modules: Visual Representation =
 
= IFs Issues and Modules: Visual Representation =
  
 
Among the philosophical premises of the International Futures (IFs) project is that the model cannot be a "black box" to users and be truly useful. Model users must be able to examine the structures of IFs in order (1) to have confidence in them, and (2) learn from them.[[File:IFsOverviewChart.jpg|frame|center|Overview of the IFs model and sub-modules.]]
 
Among the philosophical premises of the International Futures (IFs) project is that the model cannot be a "black box" to users and be truly useful. Model users must be able to examine the structures of IFs in order (1) to have confidence in them, and (2) learn from them.[[File:IFsOverviewChart.jpg|frame|center|Overview of the IFs model and sub-modules.]]
 
== Dominant relations ==
 
 
Any computer simulation or other model will have some relationships and dynamics that dominate the behavior of the model and that therefore most heavily influence the analyses done with the model. Understanding these dominant relations will facilitate model use, particularly in the definition of key or framing scenarios.
 
 
The value added by more detailed specification of relationships in the model will lie partly in more probing analysis, often around specific policy options. Much of the value added by a more complete model specification will, however, lie in the dynamics of the full model.
 
 
For an introductory summary of dominant relations and dynamics by submodule:
 
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/agriculture/dominant.html Agriculture]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/demography/dominant.html Demography/Population]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/economics/dominant.html Economics]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/education/dominant.html Education]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/energy/dominant.html Energy]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/environment/dominant.html Environment]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/governance/dominant.html Governance]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/health/dominant.html Health]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/infrastructure/dominant.html Infrastructure]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/interstate/dominant.html Interstate Politics]
 
*Dominant Relations: [http://www.du.edu/ifs/help/understand/sociopolitical/dominant.html Socio-Political]
 

Revision as of 15:50, 22 June 2017

Purposes

International Futures (IFs) is a tool for thinking about long-term global futures. It assists with:

  • Understanding the state of the world
  • Exploring trends and considering where they might be taking us
  • Learning about the dynamics of global systems

Thinking about the future we want to see:

  • Clarifying goals/priorities
  • Developing alternative scenarios (if-then statements) about the future
  • Investigating the leverage various agent-classes have in shaping the future

Assumptions that underlie IFs development and use:

  • Global issues are becoming more significant as the scope of human interaction and human impact on the broader environment grow
  • Goals and priorities for human systems are becoming clearer and are more frequently and consistently enunciated
  • Understanding of the dynamics of human systems is growing rapidly
  • The domain of human choice and action is broadening

What can you investigate with IFs? Examples include:

  • Environmental Sustainability: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, world forest area, fossil fuel usage
  • Social/Political Change: Life expectancy, literacy rate, democracy level, status of women, value change
  • Demographic Futures: Population levels and growth, fertility, mortality, migration
  • Food and Agriculture: Land use and production levels, calorie availability, malnutrition rates
  • Energy: Resource and production levels, demand patterns, renewable energy share
  • Economics: Sectoral production, consumption, and trade patterns and structural change
  • Global System: Country and regional power levels

IFs Issues and Modules: Visual Representation

Among the philosophical premises of the International Futures (IFs) project is that the model cannot be a "black box" to users and be truly useful. Model users must be able to examine the structures of IFs in order (1) to have confidence in them, and (2) learn from them.
Overview of the IFs model and sub-modules.